Prosecutors, in a court filing Friday, charged a nurse with killing five people in a horrific Los Angeles County collision that “gas pedal floors” up to 130 mph.
According to a motion filed by Los Angeles County, data from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe that Nicole Linton was driving accelerated in 5 seconds before the multi-vehicle August 4 crash, from 122 mph to 130 mph. Was going on for hours. Retrieved by the District Attorney’s Office and NBC Los Angeles.
The document, filed to oppose the pre-trial release and bail for the 37-year-old traveling nurse, also alleges that data shows she did not try to brake or slow down before impact.
The district attorney’s office argued in Friday’s filing that releasing Linton would put the public at risk, and is a flight risk.
A hearing on whether Linton may be eligible to be released comes ahead of the trial on Monday in the L.A. Superior Court courtroom.
Houston resident Linton has been charged with six counts of felony murder and five counts of vehicular homicide. One of the victims, Asheri Ryan, was pregnant.
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Linton’s defense argued in a previous filing reported by the Los Angeles Times that she had regained consciousness during the accident, and that her mental health had deteriorated in recent years.
The DA’s filing Friday said the rescue’s claim of loss of consciousness is not supported by Mercedes’ electronic data recorders or available medical records.
The filing said analysis of the vehicle’s recorded data and surveillance video indicated that Linton had “complete control of the steering …
“This NASCAR-worthy performance flies in the face of the assumption that she was unconscious or incapacitated,” prosecutors wrote in the document.
The document said doctors at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center who treated Linton after the accident said it did not appear that she had fainted, fainted, or experienced seizures.
Linton defense attorney, former California Appeals Court Judge Halim Dhanidina, said he would respond to prosecutors’ claims during a hearing on Monday.
He said by email, “We hope to call some witnesses, including the psychiatrist, who has met with Ms. Linton twice in prison and has reviewed the relevant police and hospital record attendants for the events of August 4 and earlier.” “
The DA’s office said Linton claimed to have bipolar disorder. According to the document, she admitted to experiencing symptoms commensurate with the impairment before the accident, but she was not taking prescribed medication that could have stopped the symptoms.
According to prosecutors’ filings, Linton told investigators that she hadn’t slept for at least four days before the collision because of stress in her life. She said abstaining from her medication caused insomnia, it said.
On August 4, Linton said she worked 12-hour shifts, and explained that her lack of sleep was carrying out duties, which included administering medication to patients on time, according to a Friday filing.
The filing said that Linton “considered that the cause of his collision was his fatigue.”
In a prison call with his sister, Linton “confessed that he should not have gone to work on the day of the accident, adding that “five people have died because of me,” the document states.
The document states that prosecutors pointed to several instances where Linton was involved in prior accidents.
Between 2008 and 2009, he was stopped at least three times for speeding. According to the document, Linton was also involved in a car accident in New York in 2008 that resulted in “personal injury and property damage”.
The document also detailed examples where Linton showed what prosecutors said was “aggressive, violent” behavior.
In an interview with California Highway Patrol officers, Linton recalled the moments before the accident, including what music she was listening to, and said that she remembered driving straight and seeing a car in front of her from left to right, stated in the document.
According to the document, the last thing he remembered before waking up on the ground outside his burning car was going straight.
Security footage showed the moment Linton’s Mercedes-Benz plowed through a red light in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown LA
The video showed cars moving from left to right in front of Linton no more than 9 seconds before passing through the intersection, the documents’ position.
In a statement Saturday, Kaiser Permanente said Linton was employed by an organization called AMN Healthcare and was contracted to work at Kaiser Permanente on a temporary basis. She was not traveling for the company at the time of the accident.
Victims of the crash, identified by officials and family, include 23-year-old Ryan; her 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero; and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, 23.
Ryan’s fetus did not survive. Family members said Ryan and Lester had planned to name the baby Armani.
Authorities have not publicly confirmed the names of the two other victims, but family and friends identified them in the Los Angeles Times as 42-year-old Nathesia Lewis and 38-year-old Lynette Noble. The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner lists both women as dying. August 4.
An update on the California Highway Patrol investigation of the collision was not available Saturday.